Why Gravina’s Window Center of Littleton?


Trimming the interior of a residential window




Shopping List for How to Install Window Trim: 

- window stool, flat molding that attaches to the interior side of the windowsill
- window casing, interior molding applied around the top and sides of the window and used to form the apron below
- carpenter's glue, applied to mitered joints of window casings
- rag, used for wiping off excess glue

Tools for How to Install Window Trim: 

- a power miter saw, used to cut the moldings to length
- tape measure
- scribe or pencil compass used to mark the window stool for trimming
- jigsaw used to trim the stool
- nail gun with finishing nails used to attach moldings (could also use hammer and nail set)

One of the things we pride ourselves on at Gravina’s Window Center of Littleton is interior trim work when we replace windows. We have trained our installers to be an expert craftsman in their field. Is interior molding work a window replacement secret? Not really. So why not give an example of what to expect with interior trim.

We don’t always need to trim the interior of our windows but when we do we want the woodwork to enhance the customers home. After all, a little trim makes a huge impact on new replacement windows. It makes the room look so much better.

The attached video is from “This Old House”


Is there any advantage to ordering pre-finished wood windows?

The most important advantage is in the quality and consistency of the finish

Most of the time we at Gravina’s sell fiberglass windows.  When it comes to wood windows, some homeowners may wonder if there is any advantage to ordering pre-finished windows, since they could conceivably do the finishing themselves. But a factory-finished window has many advantages for both contractors and their customers.

The most important advantage is in the quality and consistency of the finish. The factory has an edge over those applying finishes in the field because the wood can be painted, stained, or sealed, before the window is even assembled. All of the parts get protected, even in places that become less accessible after the window is built. The finish is even and consistent in color and thickness in a way that’s difficult to match under any changing conditions on site. None of the liquid finishing material ever comes near the glass, so no paint or sealant needs to be removed and the glass is pristine and framed with a clean, precise edge.

Moreover, the homeowner can see and approve the color and finish before the windows are installed. And because the materials used have a track record of performing well in window applications, both contractors and their customers can have peace of mind that the windows will last long and deliver the highest quality performance and appearance. Factory-finished windows are already protected against the weather from the moment they arrive on the jobsite. In the unlikely event there is a problem with the finish, it can be identified before the window is installed, and brought to the attention of the manufacturer, thereby eliminating an expensive callback. .

Pre-finished windows can help with construction schedules as well. The application of several coats of stain and sealant can stretch out for days, or even weeks, if inclement weather arises. Using a pre-finished window system can help contractors meet deadlines and avoid penalties for delays in completion.

Quality, speed, and peace of mind are valuable properties in any construction product, and worth the consideration of any smart contractor.



Paul Marvin, New President of Marvin Windows and Doors

Paul Marvin, the nephew of CEO John “Jake” Marvin and currently vice president of sales, has been promoted

Paul Marvin has been named president of Marvin Windows and Doors. Special to The Forum

Inside Business: Marvin Windows and Doors names president

WARROAD, Minn. — Paul Marvin has been named president of Marvin Windows and Doors effective Jan. 1.

Marvin, one of 11 fourth-generation Marvin family members working in the business today, has held a variety of jobs during his time with the company.


He is currently vice president of sales, a position he has held for the past three years.

“Paul has strong leadership skills and has proven his abilities over the years working at Marvin,” said Jake Marvin, chairman and CEO of The Marvin Companies.

As part of the company’s transitional plan, the current president of the company, Susan Marvin, as well as George Marvin, senior vice president of operations, have been promoted to vice-chairs of The Marvin Companies board.

Marvin Windows and Doors, with headquarters in Warroad, has 5,000 employees in 12 factories across the United States.

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Littleton Art District aims for attention


New Downtown Littleton Art District aims for attention, business


LITTLETON, CO - MAY 1: Angela Faris Belt smooths out a photograph after it was wheat pasted on a wall at the Arapahoe Community College Art & Design Center in Littleton, Colorado on May 1, 2015. Littleton is the latest metro community to launch a First Friday Art Walk, taking place in downtown Littleton the first Friday of every month. (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post)

Angela Faris Belt smooths out a photograph after it was pasted on a wall May 1 at the Arapahoe Community College Art & Design Center in Littleton. Littleton is the latest metro community to launch a First Friday art walk, taking place in downtown Littleton the first Friday of every month. (Seth McConnell, YourHub)

LITTLETON —Considering how Historic Downtown Littleton is dotted with galleries and art-friendly businesses — not to mention being home to an art school — it may come as a surprise that the area hadn’t been hosting First Friday art walk events already.

But now the area and the new Downtown Littleton Art District are on the First Friday bandwagon, and business owners, local officials and art students alike are hoping the monthly events, so popular in places like Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe, will help shine a light on the city’s artistic side.

“Littleton does such fun and unique things down here, and it just seemed like we needed an art walk to add to the festivities,” said Sudee Floyd, owner of Outnumbered Gallery.

Floyd opened Outnumbered just north of Main Street on South Prince Street in August and has helped pump momentum into the downtown art district. She said she had been hosting informal First Friday gatherings at her gallery since the fall.

A city resident most of her life, Floyd said the last recession was tough on Littleton galleries, but the art scene is bouncing back with the economy. With support from the city, which facilitated art district discussions and flew a banner over Main Street announcing the art walk, she sees the events becoming major draws.

“I think people are ready,” Floyd said before the First Friday got underway May 1.

Floyd invited sculptor Tim DeShong to hold a demo in front of her gallery, giving passersby a chance to experiment with shaping stone. The nearby Town Hall Arts Center had four visiting artists in attendance to talk with visitors.

Mayor Phil Cernanec, who calls Historic Downtown Littleton the city’s “stage,” said the art walk is an opportunity to draw attention to the area’s vibrant culture, as well as encourage visits to all area businesses.

“Our hope is that, even though this event is from 6 to 9 p.m., folks might come down and enjoy a meal in Downtown Littleton beforehand and then take in some of that art scene that’s there,” he said.

A major partner in the art district is the art program at Arapahoe Community College. Led by faculty members and artists Nathan Abels and Angela Faris Belt, about a dozen ACC students pasted large photo prints on walls and recreated classic paintings in chalk on the covered walkways of the school’s Art & Design Center at the corner of Prince Street and Alamo Avenue. ACC graphic design students created the logo for the art district.

Ables said First Friday is a great opportunity for the ACC art program to build a sense of community, while also working with its neighbors. Belt added the events are an excellent opportunity for students to see their art featured in public.

“I think it’s high time they had this,” said 56-year-old Rita Bhasin, a student studying painting and digital photography who was helping with one of the sidewalk chalk pieces. “I think it’s fantastic Nathan and Angela have pursued this to integrate ACC into the Littleton Art District.”

Other businesses are involved, as well, staying open later and offering special promotions.

Tandi Venter, co-owner of Spur Coffee, kept her shop on Prince Street open well beyond its usual 5 p.m. close time and brought in singer/songwriter Josh Dillard to play an evening set in the cafe. Venter said it was the first time Spur hosted live music.

“I think it’s great,” Venter said of the art walk. “I hope enough businesses participate.”

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